woman with sun-shaped sun cream

Skin Is More at Risk in Summer Months; These Tips Will Keep You Glowing


woman with sun-shaped sun creamSummer is finally here, which means more beach vacations, pool time and lots of hot sun! It also means more bug bites and exposure to things like poison ivy … ugghhh!

So now’s the time to remind everyone of a few helpful summertime skin care tips. First and foremost, always apply your sunscreen. I recommend an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30, with the addition of a hat with a brim to protect the ears and neck, sunglasses to protect those precious eyes and SPF clothing to protect those covered areas.

Avoidance of the sun between 10 and 2 when it’s at its hottest is also best. If you feel like you must have a tan, try a fake one; the quality of these products has vastly improved in the last few years.Our Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa offers airbrush tanning that makes you look golden without increasing your risk of skin cancer!

For those nasty bugs, remember to apply bug repellant to prevent the bites in the first place, but once bitten try an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and an anti-itch lotion like Sarna.

For prevention of poison ivy, apply a barrier cream like Ivy Block before exposure if you know you’re going to be working in the yard or hiking through the woods. Wash immediately with soap and water if you know you’ve been exposed, and apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. If the rash is getting worse and spreading, there are stronger prescription medications that will clear it right up.

Finally, for any brown spots that you’ve gotten from overindulgence of the sun (shame, shame), lesions that are new or will not heal, or stubborn rashes or bug bites, come see your skin care professionals at Gold Skin Care Center and The Laser & Rejuvenation Center; we’re always here to help!